Dr Liz Tunbridge, Supernumerary Research Fellow in Psychiatry, has collaborated with Oxford-based artist Eleanor Minney and people from the National Psychosis Unit at Bethlem Hospital, to develop an art exhibition reflecting on links between genes and psychiatric illnesses, and how these associations are intertwined with notions of the self.
Dr Tunbridge, who is also Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, is collaborating with Eleanor Minney to explore the question: “What creates a sense of self?” Dr Tunbridge’s work seeks to elucidate the links between genetic heritage and predisposition to schizophrenia. Their project is being funded by the Royal Society and the University of Oxford.
Dr Tunbridge has been awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement. She has also given a TEDx talk as part of TEDx Whitehall 2018, discussing whether there would be mental illness in a utopia.
Eleanor Minney works primarily with drawing and making. She is also training in contemplative psychology, which incorporates Buddhist teachings into Western psychology.
Switching Perceptions runs from 5 January to 30 March and is open from Wednesday to Friday.
Images: Eleanor Minney